Matthew Mott and England plan to put pressure on the ICC to provide winners’ medals to Reece Topley and Jonny Bairstow after both missed out on T20 World Cup glory against Pakistan due to freak injuries.
England will push for injured members of the squad destined to be part of their Twenty20 World Cup victory in Reece Topley and Jonny Bairstow to receive winners’ medals.
Manager Matthew Mott felt in particular for Topley, who was forced to leave the World Cup when he damaged ankle ligaments stepping on a ‘Toblerone’ boundary marker during field practice ahead of England’s warm-up match against Pakistan. in Brisbane.
“I’ll tell you now that Reece Topley was a big part of our preparation for this tournament,” Mott said Monday.
Matthew Mott (R) said that he and England would put pressure on the ICC to award more medals.
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“I thought he was the standout bowler of last summer and I was absolutely gutted for him because it was such an innocuous looking injury.”
“Watching him come out of the group was difficult because he had put in so much and we had him sidelined for some very important overs in this World Cup.”
“Reece is going to play a big role in this group for the next two years. Him and Jonny were the first guys I thought of after we won because working so hard and then losing this opportunity is heartbreaking.
Jonny Bairstow went missing after breaking his leg at the end of the summer in a freak accident
Reece Topley, meanwhile, damaged his ligaments on the eve of the tournament after arriving in Australia.
There was also sympathy on Monday for both Mark Wood and Dawid Malan, forced out through injury ahead of the semi-final thrashing of India and left out of the team that defeated Pakistan in the final despite declaring themselves fit.
“The hardest thing we’ve had to do here is tell them they weren’t playing in the Finals,” Mott said.
“Those were tough conversations to have because they were so desperate to play. It was probably just the short response time that won us over because I’m not one to take chances on big games. But both enjoyed the end with the winners’ medals hanging around their necks.
England will now ask the ICC if they can have additional medals for those players who were named in the original squad but had to be replaced at Bairstow and Topley.
England is the first team to hold the Over-50 World Cup and the T20 World Cup simultaneously